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    'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

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Finishing this 1932 Chevrolet Convertible Cabriolet’s 40-year restoration was a family affair

I found this great article on Hemmings.com
Strange though it seems, apples have a tendency to start things. The story of Adam and Eve, for instance, or Newton’s ruminations on gravity. Apples also started the restoration odyssey of a particular bit of General Motors history. When an aged lady came to the home of Allan and Pat Kehrley in Liberty, New York, to buy apples one summer day, another story was begun.

A partially assembled old car in the garage caught the eye of Helen Adolph, who had owned a car like that when she was a young woman. She told Allan and Pat some of her stories: how she bought her black car in New York City in 1936 and used to drive it up to Sullivan County every weekend until she and her family moved up permanently in 1941; how after the war, it was stored in her barn’s hay loft, and how upset she was when her husband sold it in 1953 without consulting her.  Continue to full article and images.


East Coast Indoor Nationals

“Rain early in the day, followed by sleet turning to snow late in the afternoon.” That was the weather forcast as of Friday night, prior to my two sons and me heading for the Baltimore area to see the East Coast Indoor Nationls Car Show. We considered canceling but since it wasn’t supposed to get really nasty before early afternoon, we figured we would miss most of it. My youngest would drive up from N.VA. to my house and we would then head up to Mt Airy to pick up my oldest and head out Interstate 70 for the show in Timonium Maryland.
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The Rat Rod

Originally a counter-reaction to the 50s “Hot Rod”, a label recently applied to undriven cars and IMG_8115super high priced “customs” or “trailer queens”. The “Rat Rod”‘s beginning was a throwback to the Hot Rods of the earlier days of Hot Rodding, built to the best of the owner’s abilities and meant to be driven. Rat Rods are meant to loosely imitate in form and function, the “Traditional” Hot Rods of the era. Biker, Greaser, Rockabilly, and punk culture is often credited as influence that shapes of Rat Rodding.

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1947 Chevrolet 2-Door Coupe

This 1947 Chevrolet, owned by Fabian of Clarksburg, Maryland is one of the nicest customs I’ve had the privilege of photographing. This custom was built by Fabian from the ground up.

It sports a 350ci engine, 650 Edelbrock carb and 350 tranny and 12 bolt rear and it’s air-conditioned.

The body is a work of art. It has been chopped and channeled, the hood sectioned, stock headlights removed and replaced with frenched Mercedes headlights, and it even has a back up camera. Both front & rear fenders have been highly modified and it’s finished off with ppg three stage ‘pearl yella’ paint. The paint and body work was by George Starkey and Fabian.

The custom interior was done by Bells Trim and Design.

It sports 18×9 wheels, 255x50x18 rear tires and 225x40x18 front.

The exhaust is a Flowmaster muffler and Scott Hollander lowered the car by two & half inches. Definitely a beautiful site to behold.

Shady Grove Cruise-in

Group of cars

Group of cars

Every Sunday morning, the parking lot at the  intersection of Crabs Branch Way and Shady Grove Rd finds a rapidly growing group of enthusiasts meeting to show off their cars and motorcycles.  In the mix you can find everything from classics to customs and everything in between. During a recent visit, I saw a 1947 Chevy that was fully customized, a super fast Cobra, a restored 1967 GTO and and a nice Harley Trike with lots of added goodies. If you’re interested in cars or motorcycles this is the place to be on Sunday mornings. Cars usually start rolling in around 8:30 and most are gone by noon.  Here is a sample of the vehicles you will see.  Check back often as I will be adding photos to this set regularly.